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George Frey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The latest round of tariffs on products from China proposed by President Donald Trump could double the price of "Make America Great Again" hats inspired by his 2016 campaign slogan, according to a merchandiser who imports them.

The new tariffs announced Thursday would hit $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, especially consumer goods, including the popular hats sported by Trump supporters around the nation.

David Lassoff is the manager of a California-based company that sells a range of novelty items online.

He told ABC News that his company, IncredibleGifts, typically imports the red hats from China and embroiders them in the U.S. But now the company may have to complete both tasks in the U.S., which could raise prices significantly.

"We usually sell the MAGA hats for around $9 to $12. But it could go up to $20 if we had to make them in the U.S. and embroider them here," Lassoff said.

Lassoff said a few Chinese manufacturers recently notified his company that they were "nervous" about the potential impact of these tariffs and, in the future, may charge more money per order.

"There might be a limited quantity in the future. We’re trying to make sure we have enough hats in stock now, so if things change, we’re prepared," he said.

The U.S. Trade Representative’s office did not respond to ABC News' request for comment.

While IncredibleGifts isn’t affiliated with the Trump campaign, Lassoff said the company has sold "a few 100,000 MAGA hats" since Trump announced his candidacy in June 2015.

"They’re our hottest item," he said of the classic red hats with embroidered white lettering.

Amy Lee, manager of The Hat Depot, a New Jersey-based company that also sells the unofficial MAGA hats, said the hats are a big product for her company as well.

"They’re a bestseller," she said, adding that her company sells these hats in different colors and typically receives "20 orders a day" of the red hats alone.

But Lee said manufacturers in China haven’t yet reached out to The Hat Depot about the possible impact of these tariffs.

"We buy our hats from China for $3, and we sell them for $14," she told ABC News, adding that the Chinese factory "does everything" from manufacturing to embroidery.

Moving forward, Lassoff said his company is "thinking about" importing goods from Vietnam to avoid the proposed tariffs.

"I think they would be negative for any business selling goods from China," he said. He attributes the difficulty of manufacturing goods in the U.S. to "taxes and regulations and safety issues" that he said makes it hard to run a business.

Lassoff said he also hopes big online retailers such as Amazon and Walmart will lobby against the proposed tariffs on behalf of smaller companies that use their platforms.

"Our company is way too small to do anything," he said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- At the start of 2019, four of America's top defense companies will be led by women.

On Thursday, the chairman and CEO of Northrop Grumman, Wes Bush, announced that he was stepping down and would be succeeded by Kathy Warden, Northrop's current president and chief operating officer who has been with the company since 2008.

Warden held leadership roles at General Dynamics and the Veridian Corporation prior to joining Northrup.

As CEO, she will join three other high profile women leading the U.S. defense industry: Marillyn Hewson, the CEO of Lockheed Martin; Phebe Novakovic, the CEO of General Dynamics; and Leanne Caret, the CEO of Boeing Defense, Space, and Security.

Hewson, Novakovic, and Caret were all named in Fortune's 2017 "Most Powerful Women" ranking, listed as 3, 9, and 30, respectively. Hewson was named “2018 CEO of the Year” by Chief Executive Magazine.

Over the last two years of the Trump administration, Hewson specifically has found herself in the national spotlight.

There were very public negotiations between Hewson and President Donald Trump over the cost of the F-35 fighter jet. Last year, she personally committed to lower the cost of the stealth plane.

Hewson also promised to remain on Trump's short-lived manufacturing council, as other executives bailed due to the president's refusal to condemn neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan in the wake of the violent Charlottesville rally. She did condemn white supremacist groups, saying her decision to stay on the council had nothing to do with the events in Charlottesville.

Then, last month, Hewson attended a meeting of the National Space Council at the White House when Trump announced the creation of a separate "Space Force" for the armed services. The president called out Hewson by name, saying she has done a "fantastic job" with Lockheed. (He accidentally referred to her publicly as "Marillyn Lockheed" in March.)

As for Warden, she takes over at Northrop on January 1, 2019.

“I am delighted that Kathy will become our company’s next CEO,” Bush said in a company press release on Thursday. “She has demonstrated exceptional leadership in her roles leading the operations of our company, and she brings the vision and values to lead Northrop Grumman into the future.”

Bush will stay on as chairman of Northrop through July 2019.

While women are dominating the defense landscape, fewer than five percent of Fortune 500 companies are led by women. As of May 2018, there were only 24 female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, down from a high of 32 in 2017.

But for those women who are serving in the top position, the female defense executives stand out. For instance, Novakovic and Hewson, who both assumed their roles in 2013, are two of the highest paid female CEOs.

Novakovic, who started her career at the Central Intelligence Agency, grossed $21.2 million in 2018, according to Equilar. Hewson, who joined Lockheed over 30 years ago, made $20.2 million.

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iStock/Thinkstock(FLINT, Mich.) -- Elon Musk says he is redoubling his efforts to help Flint residents affected by the ongoing water crisis by pledging to fix the pipes in any Flint house with contaminated water.

The 47-year-old billionaire and Tesla founder tweeted this week that he will also organize a weekend in Flint to add filters for residents still concerned with their water quality in an effort to improve public perception of water quality.

The efforts attracted the attention of Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, who reached out to Musk on Twitter to set up a conversation originally scheduled for Friday.

Weaver told ABC News Friday afternoon that while she and Musk have not spoken yet, she did have a conversation with Musk’s team that gave her hope that Musk could help with improving local confidence in water quality.

"We felt it was so important for us to start putting new pipes in the ground and that was the first step in rebuilding that trust. When you get a call from someone like Mr. Musk it gives residents great confidence," Weaver said.

Weaver said she used the call to lay out ideas for how Musk and his team could be of help, but that ultimately they will take whatever help he thinks would be most useful.

"We’ll take our direction from him and see how he feels he can be best helpful to Flint moving forward," she said.

Musk previously offered to provide solar electricity options to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and volunteered to send his own equipment and staff to assist in the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a cave in Thailand.

But the efforts to persuade Musk to help Flint stem from a source that’s more directly connected to the Flint community.

Mari Copeny, a 10-year-old local activist known as "Little Miss Flint," tweeted she has been working with Musk’s team for over a week on coming up with a solution for Flint that he could fund.

Musk worked with Copeny earlier this month, donating at least 500 bikes meant for children in the Flint area as a way of helping a community event she had organized.

Musk's tweets come as Flint residents still grapple with the continued after-effects of the crisis. Local residents have sued local government authorities, contractors and companies tasked with maintaining the city’s water supply seeking damages. The residents’ class-action lawsuit had a hearing in federal court earlier this week.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- You've probably seen these massive, teetering towers of ice cream scoops balancing atop a single cone on your Instagram feed.

Stuffed Ice Cream, nestled in New York City's East Village, rose to social media fame for its over-the-top, massive ice cream "bouquets," which can feature up to 21 scoops of ice cream each.

Some may be surprised to know that these bouquets "came up by accident," according to Jackie Luu, one of the co-founders of the ice cream shop.

"One day I was playing around, trying to put nine scoops on a cone, and it got to a point where we knew we were going to make 20 flavors, so we wanted to throw 20 scoops on a cone," he said. "And we ended up throwing 21 scoops."

As impractical to eat as it may seemed, they soon realized the stunning balancing act of scoops on the cone could be a big hit in the age of the "extra"-ness and Instagram, or if you are looking for a treat to share with friends.

"It was very Instagram-worthy, and it's great for people to share," he added. "So we decided to make the bouquets happen."

If you are trying to cut back (slightly) on your ice cream consumption, you can also get a bouquet featuring a mere seven scoops.

Balancing a stack of ice cream scoops on a cone takes some skills, Luu said.

"You got to really round out your scoops perfectly. You got to really compact them and make them really tight," he said. "And then, when you scoop them, you have to kind of precisely put them in the angle that it will just keep stacking on top and not fall over."

Cones can't always carry the weight of so much ice cream, he added, saying he's observed that cones "can start cracking around 18 scoops."

"But we keep going anyway. We like the challenge," he said.

How is it possible to eat an ice cream bouquet?

"Either bring a bunch of friends to eat it with," Luu said. "Or just eat it quickly and don't get brain freeze."

Another star attraction of the tiny ice cream shop is their "cruff" -- a doughnut ice cream sandwich.

The sandwich, which comes in a variety of flavors, features a housemade doughnut -- either glazed or unglazed -- stuffed with ice cream and topped with everything from crushed almonds to Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal.

"At the end of the day, we make everything here, we're open to all suggestions, we're pretty proud of what we make," Luu said. "If you have any ice cream flavors you want to throw our way, we can try to make it happen."

If you are itching for an excuse to blow your diet and try these summer sweets, this Sunday is National Ice Cream Day.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Build-A-Bear Workshop has closed the lines to its stores nationwide and in Canada after receiving an "overwhelming response" to its first-ever "Pay Your Age" day promotion.

The popular children's store announced Monday the sale, which would allow kids to pay a price that matched their age for any bear.

Frenzied parents and children in search of a deal flocked to malls to take advantage, prompting the store to stop allowing additional guests due to "safety concerns," it said in a statement. The move was made at the request of local authorities, Build-A-Bear wrote on Twitter.

"We feel it is important to share that, based on the information available to us before the day began, we could not have predicted this reaction to our Pay Your Age Day event," the statement read. "We understand that many Guests were turned away as, due to safety concerns created by the crowds, authorities in certain locations closed Build-A-Bear stores and, in other locations, we were forced to limit the line."

Stuffed animals from the shop typically range from $16 to $75.

Vouchers were given to guests who were present in lines to be redeemed at a later time, and vouchers have been available online to Build-A-Bear Bonus Club members in the U.S. and Canada who log on to their accounts by midnight, the store said. The vouchers will be honored through Aug. 31.

In New York City, the Build-A-Bear Workshop on 34th Street near Herald Square stretched for blocks. Jackie Kelso, a manager of the Manhattan Build-A-Bear, told ABC News that “well over 1,500 people” showed up to the store. People began arriving at the store around 6 a.m., and some customers expressed frustration due to the long waits, she said.

"I think it's great," Kelso said of the unexpected response to the promotion, which she said was meant to highlight the store's new "Count Your Candles" birthday program. "I think we had a great outcome, and a lot of people are really excited about it."

At the Richland Mall in Waco, Texas, hundreds of people were seen standing outside of the store, waiting for a turn to create the perfect stuffed companion.

One shopper in Wesley Chapel, Florida, recorded the madness outside the Shops at Wiregrass shopping center, writing, "My heart goes out to all the @buildabear employees. May you find rest tonight."

Another shopper at the Northpark Mall in Davenport, Iowa, advised others not to come because the line stretched from one end of the mall to the other.

Parents and children braved the heat at the Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego, California, to snag a discounted bear as well.

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ABC News(Fla.) -- A Florida husband and wife duo who developed a fashion line of bulletproof clothing say they have seen the demand for their products in the U.S. increase exponentially -- and amid growing security concerns, they believe the market still has untapped potential.

Miguel Caballero created MC Armor, a branch of his Colombian based company that focuses on ballistic-resistant clothing that includes items from jackets and accessories to children’s apparel. Leading the U.S. market efforts is his wife, Carolina Ballesteros.

“It’s fashion,” Ballesteros told ABC News. “But it’s fashion with protection.”

Since starting the business in 1992, Ballesteros said the profile of MC Armor's customers has already changed. “Now we get a lot more celebrities and politicians,” she explained.

Ballesteros, who bravely showed off the effectiveness of their clothing by taking a bullet to her chest, said she and her husband decided to expand their Mexico and Colombia-based boutiques to the U.S. because “we felt it was the moment.”

“The U.S. has a lot of guns, and it's part of the culture,” Ballesteros said. “But we participate in the defense and security industry and we want to save lives. So as soon as we see something as a shooting, a massive shooting, we need to be there.”

The U.S. market alone has proven highly lucrative for the couple. With an estimated 3 million American gun owners, it is one of the largest markets for gun accessories.

One South Florida gun store owner, David Johnson, said he has been selling ballistic accessories to a wide array of customers recently.

“We have a full spectrum: lawyers, doctors, we have a lot of realtors that go into bad neighborhoods, landlords that have to collect rent,” he said. “Also this is South Florida -- the home of road rage -- a lot of people like to keep this in the back of the car, just in case.”

MC Armor's bulletproof clothing and backpacks were originally developed in the early 1990s when Colombia was ravaged by crime, prompting a demand for products to help people feel safe.

Ballesteros said they even developed a bulletproof version of the Bible for priests.

"So he has a Bible all the time in front [of him] so he can use it as a shield," she explained.

Now, she said the company's products have become part of a new safety trend that includes bulletproof backpacks, especially in schools.

Ballesteros said her company’s first bulletproof children’s backpacks were specifically designed for students in the United States after the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The design includes a bulletproof material sewn inside the backpack which allows students to use the book bag as a shield.

“It’s the same as you’d teach [children] different things, like how to go to the bathroom in school,” Ballesteros explained.

"As mothers, we have to teach kids," she added.

More recently, Ballesteros said the bulletproof backpacks sold out within minutes of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in February.

But she defended the company against criticism that they are making money off of fear explaining, “it's not about fear, it's about protection."

Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action who is the mom of a high school student, argues that she shouldn't have to buy a bulletproof product in order for her and her family to feel safe.

"We should be asking ourselves if this is truly an effective way to stop injury by gunfire," Watts said. "Not saying that the technology is bad, the real problem is that civilians want these products because lawmakers aren't taking action to curve gun violence.

My lawmakers should be the ones taking action to prevent people from causing harm in their communities," she continued. "We're doing a lot of things in America that are desperate attempts to protect our families from gun violence... If you compare America to other countries, our rate of violence is off the charts and ballistic clothing should not be the line of defense for those who want an education."

According to an August 2017 report from Market Research, body armor manufacturing is a $465 million-a-year industry and a Grandview Research 2016 study projects that the industry could reach over $5 billion globally by 2024.

Abbas Haider and Robert Davis are another duo who have launched their careers in the ballistic resistant retail industry. The pair founded Aspetto Inc., the first U.S. based company to offer high-end and couture suits and shirts for an elite clientele.

Haider said the unique area between Washington D.C. near Quantico has changed the profile of their customers. “Now we get a lot more celebrities and politicians,” he explained.

The bespoke suits can range in price anywhere from $5,000 to $9,000 and are made of the same fabrics used by other luxury designers, he explained.

"Our product is 100 percent made in America. Our ballistics are government approved. So if you're going to put your life behind ballistics it should be us," Haider told ABC News.

The factory is based in south Florida “where all the magic happens,” he added. In addition to manufacturing the suit patterns, he says their space is also used to test the fabric with various guns to ensure it measures up to the level of protection advertised.

"This is the product that saves lives. This creates the best chance for their life being saved," Davis, his partner, told ABC News.

Davis showed off a suit that can withstand the blast from a 9-millimeter bullet but said it would still feel like taking a punch.

“With the government standards, it can only be a certain amount of depth,” he explained. “So this still falls in line with the government standard.”

Although Aspetto has traditionally had a list of high-profile clients, Davis and Haider said more and more Americans are willing to splurge on protective clothing.

Henry Ross, a former U.S. Marine who works in the security industry, said that despite his experience and training in the military, he sees this type of clothing as a backup form of protection against the unexpected, "the same reason you buy a first-aid kit."

"You don't buy because you want to use it, right? You buy because if you don't have it when you need it, you're kind of out of luck," Ross told ABC News.

Distributors and designers like Davis, Haider and the Ballesteros all claim to take the legal selling requirements very seriously and conduct background checks on all customers. While background checks are not required by law to purchase ballistic clothing, the U.S. has a federal ban on convicted felons illegally possessing armored clothing.

Ballesteros said she and her team hope untapped clientele in the U.S. could make the country MC Armor's biggest market very soon. And she has plans to specifically focus on women like herself.

"Women are learning about guns and safety and security and they want to know how to care for their family, the ones they love," she added.

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John Raedel/Getty Images (LOUISVILLE, Kentucky) -- The founder of Papa John's resigned from his position as chairman of the pizza chain's board of directors, just hours after he apologized for using a racial slur during a company conference call earlier this year.

The Louisville, Kentucky-based company announced late-Wednesday night it had accepted John Schnatter’s resignation, saying it planned to replace him in the coming weeks.

Schnatter, 56, also resigned from his position on the University of Louisville’s board of trustees, effective immediately, according to the school. He had served on the board for two years.

His resignations came after Forbes reported that he used the N-word during a May conference call while discussing the national anthem protests in the NFL.

“Colonel Sanders called blacks n------,” Schnatter said, referring to Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Harland Sanders, according to the Forbes report.

He also reportedly complained that Sanders never faced public backlash for using the slur.

Schnatter confirmed the allegations in a statement Wednesday and apologized for his use of “inappropriate and hurtful language.”

"News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true," he said. "Regardless of the context, I apologize. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society."

Schnatter stepped down from his role as CEO late last year after saying NFL players should stand for the national anthem and that their protests had hurt the company’s sales.

Shares of Papa John's, one of the country's largest pizza delivery chains, fell about 5 percent in premarket trading Thursday in the wake of Schnatter's resignation from the board.

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iStock/Thinkstock(TULSA, Okla.) -- Before causing a disruption on a flight, remember that there could be a hefty price to pay.

Delta Air Lines passenger Bolutife Olorunda was screaming and acting erratically recently on a flight, at which point he was approached by a flight attendant, according to court documents.

Olorunda verbally threatened the flight attendant by saying: "Don't touch me and if you touch me again you will regret it."

Among the 178 people onboard the Boeing 737 aircraft on May 30 were two federal air marshals, according to the complaint. One air marshal protected the cockpit while the other sat next to Olorunda to keep him calm. The captain declared an emergency and diverted the flight to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where Olorunda was arrested.

Diversions are often costly to airlines. The additional fuel, rebooking of passengers, fees at the airport and swapping of crews can cause that price to reach in the thousands. Delta Air Lines did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

As part of the guilty plea reached with the U.S. attorney's office in Oklahoma, Olorunda has been ordered to pay Delta Air Lines $9,118 for the cost of the emergency landing, according to court documents. An attorney listed for Olorunda did not respond to a message left at his office by ABC News.

The Washington state man is also facing up to six months in prison, a fine up to $5,000 and additional penalties from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

TSA declined to comment and the FAA did not immediately respond to ABC News' inquiry.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- China promised to take “firm and forceful” measures Wednesday in response to the United States’ proposed levy of 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods.

The American announcement came Tuesday – days after the U.S. began adding 25 percent tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese goods.

"We will take firm and forceful measures,” Hua Chunying, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, said of the latest round of tariffs but gave no other details of what exactly Beijing plans to do in response.

"It is totally unacceptable for American side to publish a tat in a way that is accelerating and escalating,” the Chinese Commerce Ministry said in a statement, adding that the Chinese government “will be forced” to respond with “necessary countermeasures” to protect its “core interests.”

The White House did not respond to ABC News' request for comment.

While the first round of U.S. tariffs focused on Chinese industrial products, which have less of a direct impact on American consumers, the most recent list of tariffs includes fish, apples, and furniture.

Because China imports fewer goods from the U.S. than the U.S. imports from China, it is unable to match U.S. tariffs in value, according to a report from Mizuho Bank.

Both governments have already levied $34 billion in tariffs on each other’s goods, and are considering imposing tariffs on an additional $16 billion worth of one another’s goods.

The escalation of U.S. tariffs on China comes in the wake of American trade battles with Europe, Canada, and Mexico and amid President Donald Trump’s visit to Brussels for a NATO summit.

“Other countries’ trade barriers and tariffs have been destroying [farmers’] businesses. I will open things up, better than ever before, but it can’t go too quickly. I am fighting for a level playing field for our farmers, and will win!” Trump tweeted Wednesday.

Republican senators expressed concern over the escalation of U.S. tariffs.

"I'm not in great favor of tariffs either way....let's hope we can balance this out so it's not detrimental to our interests. I don't want it to be detrimental to other people's interest either but certainly our interests are important," Senate Finance chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, told reporters Wednesday morning.

Hatch said he’s “mostly concerned about some of the things the president is maybe planning to do.”

“Our international trade is extremely important and we have to start off on the right track and I'm not sure we are right now,” he said.

Meanwhile, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said the effects of the tariffs have been “very, very detrimental” and that he’s “very, very nervous about it.”

"First of all, I'm a free trader. If we can get a level playing field...who wouldn't want the president to accomplish that?” he said on CNN's News Day. “But if [Trump] goes over the brink it's going to be catastrophic. And right now with the soybeans and corn in my state it is catastrophic, with the drop in prices that we've had.”

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Forbes(NEW YORK) -- Kylie Jenner, who made a fortune with her popular cosmetics line, is poised to become the youngest self-made billionaire, according to Forbes magazine, which named her one of America's richest self-made women in 2018.

In an interview with the magazine, Jenner, 20, credited her social media following for the giant business she has built.

"I have such easy access to my fans and my customers," she said.

It's been merely two years since the star launched Kylie Cosmetics with her $29 lip kit. Jenner owns 100 percent of the company, which has sold more than $630 million worth of makeup, according to Forbes.

Forbes values Jenner's brand at nearly $800 million.

"Add to that the millions she's earned from TV programs and endorsing products like Puma shoes and PacSun clothing, and $60 million in estimated after-tax dividends she's taken from her company, and she's conservatively worth $900 million..." Forbes writes.

Kylie Cosmetics has already generated an estimated $230 million in net profit and Forbes predicts that sometime later this year, Jenner will likely become the youngest self-made billionaire in the world -- a title that Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg once held.

“The most successful women entrepreneurs in the country are increasingly taking advantage of technology including social media to help them launch and grow businesses,” said Luisa Kroll, Forbes’ assistant managing editor, wealth. “That’s one reason why we’ve seen a notable influx of Instagram-savvy moguls like 20-year-old Kylie Jenner in the ranks of America’s richest self-made women.”

In a 2017 episode of the E! reality show, "Life of Kylie," the makeup mogul spoke out about becoming a CEO in her teens.

“I had the opportunity to make like the coolest makeup line that I’ve always dreamed of," Jenner said, according to People magazine. "It’s really my only passion. I learned a lot though and just have experienced things that people my age do not even know how to handle. I do feel like people don’t take me seriously as a businesswoman because of my age and my reputation. But I do think they’re starting to."

Jenner went on, "I like to prove people wrong.”

Forbes estimates that Jenner's half sister, 37-year-old Kim Kardashian West, is worth $350 million.

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Subscribe To This Feed via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Following requests for an investigation from Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Air Force has clarified that it is no longer spending $10,000 for a toilet seat cover used on military planes.

Instead, according to Air Force officials,, 3-D printing now allows the Air Force to produce the spare part for just $300.

The $10,000 cover came to light during an interview that Will Roper, the assistant Air Force secretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, did with Defense One in May.

In the interview, Roper explained that the Air Force occasionally needs parts that are no longer produced by the manufacturers that once signed licensing agreements with the Pentagon. Even if the company no longer makes a specific part, the Air Force still had to go through that company because of intellectual property rights.

To illustrate the problem, Roper said that a 3-D printer can make a toilet seat cover for a military plane for just $300. A new one from the manufacturer, however, costs $10,000.

“You’ll think, there’s no way it costs that,” Roper told Defense One. “No, it doesn’t, but you’re asking a company to produce it and they’re producing something else. And for them to produce this part for us, they have to quit producing” what they’re making now.

He continued, “They’re losing revenue and profit. So although it looks like it’s a certain price in the GSA [Government Services Administration] catalog, the business case is what drives it up. I don’t think that company wants to stop building what they’re building” and restart the toilet seat line.

The plane is question is a C-5 transport aircraft. The manufacturer of the plane's toilet seat cover stopped producing the part in 2001, the Air Force told ABC News.

Grassley began pushing for the Department of Defense's Office of Inspector General (OIG) to investigate the $10,000 purchases more than a month ago, but he said in a letter on Tuesday that the OIG had yet to respond.

Grassley said he had sought information on the toilet seat cover purchases along with "other possible examples of egregious and wasteful spending."

The cover isn't the only spare part that the Air Force is 3-D printing for less. At Travis Air Force Base, a team is working to 3-D print a handle for a hot cup, that would otherwise cost $1,220, according to the 60th Air Mobility Wing.

In a statement, Kathie Scarrah, OIG's Director of Legislative Affairs & Communications, said their office "has performed a large volume of oversight work associated with waste, fraud, and abuse related to spare parts pricing and has made numerous recommendations for corrective actions," including criminal investigations related to pricing.

"In addition, we have issued 44 audit reports related to spare-parts pricing," Scarrah said. "In the majority of those reports, we determined that the DoD did not receive fair and reasonable prices for spare parts and that the DoD did not perform adequate cost or price analysis when it purchased commercial and non-commercial spare parts."

Scarrah told ABC News that the office has ongoing work related to pricing, and OIG is preparing a response to Grassley that will address their office's work in this area.

She added that they have contacted the Air Force, which also intends to provide a response to OIG, as well as Grassley, regarding the cost of the toilet seat cover specifically.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Southwest Airlines, which for years has marketed its free in-flight peanuts as a perk, announced Tuesday that beginning on August 1, its flight attendants will no longer serve the salty snacks in deference to passengers with peanut allergies.

“We've made the difficult decision to discontinue serving peanuts on all flights,” Southwest said in a statement. “Peanuts forever will be part of Southwest's history and DNA.”

Many airlines have been phasing out peanuts recently due to passenger allergies, but until now, Southwest has held out.

Peanuts have been a part of Southwest’s culture for 47 years, the airline said in a tweet.

They even created a blog for flyers to learn more about the company, called “Nuts About Southwest.”

One of the airlines' most memorable ad campaigns pitched the notion that its airfares are so low that passengers could fly for peanuts.

Known for their salty, honey-roasted nuts in bright red and blue bags, Southwest Airlines says they want to ensure the best and safest on-board experience for everyone, especially for customers with peanut-related allergies.

The airlines will continue to serve pretzels and other free snacks for longer flights.

“Our ultimate goal is to create an environment where all customers -- including those with peanut-related allergies -- feel safe and welcome on every Southwest flight,” Southwest officials said in a statement.

While peanut-free Southwest flights may seem like the end to an era, airline officials insisted that the decision won’t affect in-flight service.

“We'll miss the peanuts, but, at the end of the day, it's our Southwest Employees and the Hospitality they deliver that set us apart, far more than peanuts ever could.”

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J Crew/ Instagram(NEW YORK) -- More women than ever are now able to shop at J. Crew.

The clothing brand announced Tuesday that it had launched a new line of tops, pants, skirts and dresses that range from XXS to 5X.

Universal Standard, a label that specializes in inclusive fashion, collaborated on the collection. Lisa Greenwald, J.Crew's chief merchandising officer, said that Universal Standard helped with everything from the designs to manufacturing.

This new line, which ranges in price from $50 to $150, comes more than a year after J. Crew and its sister brand, Madewell, expanded the sizes of their denim offerings.

"We recognize our platform as a mainstream American brand and feel proud to have the responsibility and the privilege to do more for our customers," Greenwald said, according to Glamour. "We’re excited to continue working toward more inclusivity and making J.Crew available to everyone. This has been a long process, throughout which we’ve worked very closely with Universal Standard to make sure we’re doing this thoughtfully."

According to a June, 2018 report from Racked, Plunkett Research estimated that an estimated 68 percent of American women wear a size 14 or above, though many retailers do not offer clothing that would fit them. Racked also reported that the numbers are especially rough for high-end brands. Of the 300 or so labels that showed at New York Fashion Week last season, the fashion website reported that only 32 offer up to at least a size 16, and just 14 produce sizes 22 and above.

To make their Universal Standard collaboration more inclusive, J. Crew also plans to group all of the sizes together rather than putting larger pieces on their own. Alexandra Waldman, cofounder and creative director of Universal Standard said, according to Glamour, that this could be "a big step forward in unifying fashion and removing, once and for all, the 'us' and 'them' barrier that has always separated women."

"This is the beginning of a true change in the apparel industry and the start of true inclusivity," Waldman said. "It’s important because it’s not a separate subcategory of a brand, or a quick grab for the larger-sized consumer. It's a dedicated strategy to bring millions of American women into the fold and make them feel part of the style enjoyed only by the smaller women until now."

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TSA(NEW YORK) -- Airport security agents stopped a woman from boarding a plane with a python wrapped in a nylon stocking concealed in a computer hard drive Sunday.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said its agents stopped a real-life version of "Snakes on a Plane" from happening after an agent noticed the ball python.

"Agent Neville Flynn would be extremely proud of our officers at the Miami International Airport (MIA). You see, Agent Flynn has HAD IT with snakes on planes, and our officers prevented a young Ball Python from flying the friendly skies this past Sunday," the TSA wrote on Instagram, referencing a line from the 2006 film.

"A traveler on her way to the Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) in Barbados attempted to smuggle the snakelet inside of an external hard drive packed in her checked bag. If you think airplane seats can feel constricting, imagine how this little guy felt! Talk about bad memories!" the TSA continued. "While the python itself posed no danger to anyone on the aircraft, an organic item concealed inside electronics raises security concerns, which is why our officers took a closer look."

"The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service ( @USFWS ) was notified. They responded and took possession of the snake and cited the traveler. Both the traveler and the snake missed their flight," the TSA added. "Conversationally, this python had not gone full monty. It was wearing a nylon stocking."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Blockchain technology is the foundation behind Bitcoin, and it was a driving force in the cryptocurrency's meteoric rise in value at the end of 2017 into 2018.

There are questions as to how long a cryptocurrency like Bitcoin can keep its market value, however, as the world watched it suffer a significant drop since the beginning of 2018.

There are many believers in blockchain technology though. J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon, for instance, once called Bitcoin a "fraud." He admittedly regrets making that comment, but in spite of his skepticism of Bitcoin, his stance on blockchain remains positive.

Blockchain is unfamiliar to many people as it is not widely used. There are a number of tech experts who believe over time, the blockchain could become a popular, secure technology employed to relay goods, currency, and ideas to others.

What is the blockchain?

Simply put, blockchain is a digital ledger. It securely tracks economic transactions and is able to record the trade of a number of goods.

The information that is stored in the blockchain is decentralized, meaning a network of peers governs each transaction, rather than one central body such as a bank. The records are thus easy to verify, accessible, and open to the public.

One important aspect of blockchain, and what makes it so intriguing among technology experts, is its versatility: it is not limited to cryptocurrencies and can be used across different industries.

NPER Project is one such company bringing blockchain beyond the digital currency scope. The team from South Korea seeks to protects the rights of creators and intellectual property (IP) using blockchain.

"We thought one of the most important early sides of indsutry we should innovate with blockchain technology is the intellectual property side... we're focusing on developing our main network now," says Daniel Nam, the company's general manager and operational planner, in a conversation with ABC News.

"Our platform provides not only the creator's IP protections using blockchain technology, but also a business model that everyone can participate when given. You can say it's just another bitcoin with exclusive features related to IP."

The digital asset that would be exchanged, NPER COIN, allows users to transfer intellectual property rights without a centralized institution in place, and it does not restrict the IP market to one specific category.

More on the development of NPER COIN can be found on the project's website.

NPER is one example of how blockchain technology can be used to transcend different industries, and there is belief among some tech experts it can disrupt more industries in the future, including cloud storage, voter fraud, and migrant crises.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


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